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Family describes Sandy Springs kidnapping

Family describes Sandy Springs kidnapping

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The family of a woman kidnapped with her children is asking for help finding the man who police say is responsible.

Officers say Audel Cabrera-Penaloza forced his estranged wife Victoria Flores-Medina their two daughters, ages 5 and 2, from their Sandy Springs apartment around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

The three were found hours later in a Norcross hotel, but Cabrera-Penaloza managed to get away.

"He started banging the door and yelling Victoria's name telling her to come out," said 18-year-old Tania Cabrera-Flores, who was there when the kidnapping happened.

Missing mother and daughters found safe

Missing mother and daughters found safe

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police say a missing mother and her two children have been found safe.

Police say Audel Cabrera-Penaloza forcibly took his estranged wife Victoria Flores-Medina, and their two daughters, Areli, age five, and Nazli, age two at 6:30 Saturday morning. They were kidnapped from their apartment on Northwood Drive.

He left with them in a 2007
green Toyota Tundra with a Georgia tag PXY-2613.

Sandy Springs man charged with killing mother

Sandy Springs man charged with killing mother

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A 24-year-old Sandy Springs man has been arrested for stabbing his mother to death in their home.

Patrick Wayne Tyson was charged with malice murder, aggravated assault with intent to commit murder, and possession of a knife in the commission of a felony in the death of 57-year-old Cathleen Tyson. He was denied bond Tuesday during his first court appearance.

The victim was found dead in her unit at the Dunwoody Ridge Apartments on Spalding Forest Court at around 7:20 a.m. Monday. Sandy Springs Police Sgt. Ron Momon said she suffered blunt force trauma to her head and several stab wounds to her face.

Patrick Tyson told responding officers he went for a jog, then returned home to find his mother bleeding on the floor and two men inside the apartment. He said the men ran when they saw him.

Man killed when vehicle slams into car wash

Man killed when vehicle slams into car wash

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A 41-year-old man was killed after being hit by a vehicle at a Sandy Springs car wash.

It happened Saturday at Mikael's Car Wash in the 6300 block of Roswell Road.

Sandy Springs Police said the victim, Malcolm C. Callender II of Jonesboro, was inside the car wash. A driver lost control of his car and slammed into the side of the building, striking Callender.

Callender was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, Wilfredo Santo-Serrano, left the scene. He was arrested Sunday morning at an apartment complex near the car wash.

Santo-Serrano was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and felony hit and run. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail.

1 hurt in Sandy Springs officer-involved shooting

1 hurt in Sandy Springs officer-involved shooting

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (WXIA) – GBI investigators are looking into an officer-involved shooting in Sandy Springs Friday afternoon.

It happened at about 4:30 at 330 Winding River Drive during what authorities described as a domestic dispute between a mother and son.

When officers arrived at the apartment in response to a 911 call, the son, 26-year-old Ahbayomi Royalston confronted them in the parking lot with a gun. Officers fired, striking Royalston three times.

The police officers were not hit by gunfire. No other injuries were reported. Authorities said Royalston's injuries are non-life-threatening.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Doctor gets 25 years for child molestation

Doctor gets 25 years for child molestation

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Sandy Springs doctor accused of child molestation accepted a plea deal Monday morning in Fulton County court.

Kelly Thrasher pleaded guilty to child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. A judge sentenced him to 25 years in prison and life on probation.

Thrasher, 41, used a legal maneuver to plead guilty because it is in his best interest, not because he is, in fact, guilty.

Investigators said Thrasher molested his daughter's best friend during a slumber party at his home in November 2012. He was also accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 30's, but that charge was dropped as part of his plea deal.